With Project Anchor, Chessington is planning to add two new rides for the 2022 season. Planning was submitted in February. Allowing us to see what the park is adding. With Chessington planning to install two new rides at the park. The plans detail the addition of the rides to the Pirate’s Cove area, alongside other changes to the land for the year.
The first of the two new rides looks set to be a new round ride. Featuring water guns and a nautical feel. With a lighthouse tower operating console. The new ride brings a new interactive touch to the park and is an additional water ride. It’ll be extremely popular on those hot days! This new ride looks like a Watermania ride by Italian manufacturer, Zamperla. Bobbing Barrels is the expected name for this new ride.
Chessington also looks set to install Timber Tug Boat from Thorpe Park. This Zamperla Rocking Tug ride will match the theme of the land and save the ride from the scrap heap. With a new roller coaster planned for Thorpe Park. The ride was on the chopping block. Timber Tug Boat will make Chessington its third home. Trawler Trouble looks set to be the name for this relocated ride.
With planning permission confirmed in early April, construction began rapidly. Project Anchor is taking shape and we’re following progress frequently! Check out the latest updates below. Exclusive to Chessington Buzz!
When Chessington opened for the new season officially on March 17th, it was clear things were happening. On the project site of the two new attractions coming, themed walls went up and site clearing began.
Removal of the old Goal Striker building, as well as an old storage location happened rapidly. Once planning was finalised in early April, construction work took place rapidly on this new development. Follow this exciting project below!
18th May 2022
Time for another big update, this time on Seastorm!
Never ones to settle of late, Chessington isn’t just fixing up the ride system of Seastorm. The rides centre piece, which was refreshed just a few seasons ago, is seeing some fantastic new theming additions. A large ship and tentacle have been installed. With a broken mast being added towards the end of our visit.
The ride hardware looks mostly together now, with just the ships to be added back on to Seastorm. Work is also ongoing painting the rides operator ship. With creative teams from both Chessington and Freemont Baxter working on the project.
A lot of work is going on around the site, with fencing now up across most of the ride queues. The area is really starting to all come together and we cannot wait to see it all completed and back open!
11th May 2022
In todays update, Trawler Trouble has arrived!
The ride, fresh from a brief refurbishment has been freshly painted and is sporting a new colour scheme. Formerly known as Timber Tug Boat from Thorpe Park, this Zamperla Rockin’ Tug ride looks nearly new! The fresh colours look set to tie in nicely with the new colours of Shipwreck Coast.
Elsewhere on the construction site. A large section of scaffolding is being erected over the site of Bobbling Barrels. We believe this is so that the foundations can be waterproofed without fear of the UK weather causing issues. The foundations look mostly completed now and we cannot wait to see the ride hardware arrive.
Fencing work is progressing well around the area and work on Seastorm is continuing well.
29th April 2022
It’s time for another update and this time exciting things are happening!
Over on Seastorm, the long-awaited parts have arrived. This has allowed for park engineers to now continue putting the ride back together. It’ll be great to have Seastorm back in operation. It is unknown whether it will reopen when ready, or if it’ll be held back until Shipwreck Coast is completed.
The foundations for Bobbing Barrels look to be complete, with work progressing on foundations for the queue line. The ride operator kiosk is yet to have foundations too, so those will likely begin soon. It is not yet known whether the ride hardware has arrived, but we’ll be watching closely!
Fencing and work surrounding Trawler Trouble is also going well. With the exit path and fencing starting to take shape. The ride is still believed to be with a scenic refurbishment company having an overhaul before arriving at Chessington.
Things are progressing well and we cannot wait to see if all come together.
14th April 2022
Work continues at Chessington. Bobbing Barrels looks close to having its foundations completed, with most of the concrete base now in place. Rebar sidings are in place for the edge of what will become the base of the water mania ride. The base is expected to become filled with water, so it’ll likely be entirely concrete.
Foundations on Trawler look to be completed, with fencing now going in around the area. The base for what will be the loading platform on the left-hand side looks to have its foundations completed.
Not much else seems to be taking place on Seastorm. The park still seems to be awaiting parts to repair the ride. Here’s hoping it will arrive soon so that the park can get Seastorm back into operation. It will certainly help the park to handle the crowds this summer when Shipwreck Coast is completed.
9th April 2022
Time flies at Chessington, and apparently so do the construction crews! Work has picked up and the foundations for Bobbing Barrels are taking shape. With the wooden framework for the rides concrete trough starting to be built. This framework will form a mould when the construction team pour the concrete base.
The foundations and what looks to be utilities are in place for Trawler Trouble. Work has also been finished on trimming and widening part of the path area the area.
Seastorm is still sadly in pieces, with not much progress being made. The queue line for the ride has however been completely reworked. With a new entrance way taking shape within Shipwreck Coast. The queue will now form part of the area, rather than being a part of Adventure Point. It’s a good change that will help bring the new land together.